External bettery triggers fire in A320


Moscow- Flames and smoke in the cabin, emergency slides extended. After landing at Volgograd, a power bank for mobile devices has triggered a fire in an Aeroflot A320.

On January 31, After an Aeroflot Airbus A320 landed at Volgograd, a passenger's mobile external battery began to smoke in Economy Class. Shortly after that, flames were seen as the video of a passenger shows. One or more seats caught fire during the incident.

A crew member was able to quickly extinguish the fire using a fire extinguisher and water. A spokesman for the airline said the Russian agency Interfax that two passengers had activated emergency slides, the other travelers had left the aircraft in the normal way. There were no injuries, according to Aeroflot.

Similar incidents occur again and again. In August 2017, for instance, the external battery of a business passenger in an A380 of Lufthansa ignited on the flight from Frankfurt to Houston. In July, flight attendants from Sri Lankan Airlines had problems controlling a battery burn.

Due to fire hazard, US airlines have banned smart suitcases with permanently installed lithium-ion batteries.